EASY WINS IN A SMALL GROUP, WHICH MAY OR MAY NOT BE ROUND A FIRE PIT
It's really valuable to think about what you're trying to achieve: A warm welcome? Relationship-building? Fun? Deeper conversations? Prayer and response?
High point, low point, and hero of the week
In 10 seconds, each person must name a boy's name, girl's name, animal, town/city, country beginning with a chosen letter. They've got to be said in the right order as well. Choose a different letter for each person.
Movies, YouTubers, Instagrammers, interests, memories, possessions, foods, bands, books, sports, teachers, etc.
Share it in twos, then feedback.
Give each person a piece of white card and a pencil. Show them a line drawing for 10 seconds, then hide it for another minute or so while people finish their drawing. The most accurate copy wins. Each person can then draw something for others to copy.
* This link will take you to Conversation Starters World. I have no affiliation with the website, nor have I checked every suggestion it gives, but it will give you some ideas and will kickstart some more.
** This link will take you to the Sussed website if you want to find out more or buy the game. I have no affiliation with Sussed.
FAVOURITE BIBLE STORY
FAVOURITE BIBLE BOOK
Prepare one to share (maybe start with a leader), then others can ask questions!***
FAVOURITE BIBLE VERSE
*** If someone wouldn't call themselves a Christian, you could say, 'Could you tell me how you've come on a journey in the general direction of God?' or even, 'What brought you or keeps you coming to this group?'
Some groups will find it easy to pray, others almost impossible. Help people to pray by making it really easy, then build up.
FILL IN THE GAP...
WITH A PERSON
Say, "'Dear God, I pray for...' then put in someone's name. Might be a friend who's having a hard time, a relative who's sick, or whatever. Everyone thought of someone? I'll start and you can go next. Dear God, I pray for...' You can make it relevant to what you've talked about if that fits.
FILL IN THE GAP...
WITH A PLACE
Say, "'Dear God, I pray for...' then put in a country or a group of people. Might be a place where there is war, or a group of people who are treated unfairly, or whatever. Everyone thought of a place? If you really can't think of somewhere, then just say, 'Pass'. I'll start and you can go next. Dear God, I pray for...' You can make it relevant to what you've talked about if that fits.
Yes, you can do this, even round a fire pit.
Young people love to sit round a a fire pit!
Give young people marshmallows to toast (you can buy extra-long skewers)
Get individual portions of chips delivered
Ask an ice cream van to visit (yes, it may still be cold in the evenings, but is it ever too cold for ice cream?!)
Or a hot dog van
Or a hot chocolate van
Don't use a gazebo with a fire pit - what's the Worst Case Scenario? And always keep a fire extinguisher close at hand.
Here's a starting point for a risk assessment for a fire pit. It's our best go at it, but there may be other things in your context that are important. So, use this as a starting point, but don't rely on us getting it right, think about it yourself too. Thanks to Lorraine Fletcher at St. Peter's, Woolton for your help with this. As ever, if you can improve it, get in touch.
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